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Reading sign Jon Dadi Bodvarsson

Icelandic forward, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson was a key player at the 2016 European Championships. He played a key role in the infamous game that knocked England out of the tournament. Not only for that game alone but the tournament in general, Bodvarsson put on a good display. Read More »

The pre-season tournaments are about to get under way

It’s come to that time of year again where we’re reminded that the new season is around the corner. But for those of us who still can’t wait, it still feels like a lifetime away for the beginning of the 2017/18 season. Around about now players will have been on their mid-summer holidays and have returned back to their clubs. ... Read More »

Gold Cup nations you may not know: Nicaragua

Nicaragua has an explosive history in the political sense. Unfortunately, not so much when it comes to international football.

This is the fourth and final piece in a series on Gold Cup nations you might not have known existed. If you missed the posts on Curacao, French Guiana, and Martinique, they can be found here, here, and here, respectively. Now, however, it’s Nicaragua’s turn. Read More »

Gold Cup nations you may not know: Curacao

Curacao is one of four tiny CONCACAF nations featuring in this summer's Gold Cup that may be unfamiliar to many football fans.

On July 7th, the CONCACAF Gold Cup’s 14th edition will kick off. The United States has hosted the biannual tournament since 1991, on the odd occasion co-hosting with Mexico and Canada. The US, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, Canada, Jamaica, Panama, and perhaps El Salvador should all be nations with which everyone will be familiar in general, if not footballing terms. ... Read More »

What we extracted from the Confederations Cup Final

In the final of the 2017 Confederations Cup, it was the World Cup champions Germany who went toe to toe with Copa America holders, Chile. The two best teams in the tournament gave us a final worth remembering as Germany secured a precious 1-0 win over their cross-continental rivals.   Read More »

Dom Dwyer: a West Sussex Brit in Uncle Sam’s Connecticut court

Hank Morgan travelled back in time to make himself right at home in Mark Twain’s version of Arthurian England, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Sporting KC forward and Cuckfield native son Dom Dwyer has done the same in reverse, committing his footballing future to the United States by attaining citizenship, then scoring the opening goal in a Gold ... Read More »

Will Zlatan Ibrahimovic stay at Manchester United?

In April, Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffered a knee ligament injury. This has led to a tough decision having to be made by Manchester United – and they’ve decided against offering him a new contract. Although he has technically been released he will still be at Manchester United for his medical attention. Read More »

Three talking points from France’s 3-2 win over England

Another week, another dose of International football to keep us happy. This time England travelled to Paris, France to take on their flamboyant neighbours in a blockbuster friendly. Both teams dropped points in their respective World Cup qualifiers over the weekend, meaning this match was used as a proving ground to show their true quality. Read More »

Six Strikers to Watch in the Confederations Cup

Absent other major trophies' prestige and viewed as a tune up for the World Cup, the Confederations Cup may offer a peek at some exciting young goalscorers. Lars Stindl is one.

Russia 2018 looms ever closer. Yet, prior to that, we have its preparation tournament, aka the Confederations Cup. Eight nations, some of which treat it a lot more seriously than others, contest a fortnight’s worth of football for a lesser known piece of silverware. Here are six forwards who can make an impact with their collective goal threats. Read More »

The Prisoner of MAPFRE: Justin Meram

US born of Iraqi parents, MLS star Justin Meram has temporarily withdrawn from consideration for Iraqi's national team due to Donald Trump's travel bans.

FIFA famously does not tolerate any government interfering with its national football federation. Most recently, Mali was suspended indefinitely from international play, including World Cup qualifiers, when the country’s sports minister sacked the Malian FA’s entire executive board. FIFA has always been quick to punish any such direct interference. Indirect meddling, however, is another matter, as Columbus Crew winger/Iraqi international Justin ... Read More »

Have you seen this manager? Michael Laudrup

Since Simon Pegg was allowed to make a three flavored Cornetto trilogy, I thought I’d start a milk carton series on managers who have been away from the public eye for a time but may be on a few clubs’ radar as the off-season approaches. Thus far, five familiar names have been featured. The sixth, Michael Laudrup, is a different case. Read More »

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